KUALA LUMPUR: The national squad suffered a 3-0 loss at the hands of hosts Vietnam in their final round robin tie at the Davis Cup Asia Oceania Group III competition last night but remain optimistic of securing promotion in Hanoi.
The result sees them settling for second overall in Pool A behind Vietnam. The national team will play Pool B winners Kuwait tomorrow in the semi-finals cum promotional playoffs with victory securing a place in Group II next year. Vietnam face Pool B runners-up Qatar. The top two placed teams (finalists) in Group III will be promoted.
Team captain Adam Jaya admitted that the 3-0 loss to Vietnam was not the result they were looking for but is optimistic his charges will find an extra gear against Kuwait tomorrow.
"Tactically (against Vietnam), we were trying to win the No.2 singles and doubles," said Adam today.
"Their first singles player (Linh Giang) was very strong but unfortunately we could not win the second singles either while the doubles was a close affair.
"It is a big day tomorrow as we will be facing Kuwait in the promotional playoffs (semi-finals). It will be a tough battle, they have some very experienced players in Mohammad Ghareeb and Abdullah Maqdes.
"We have a day off today and will hit the practice courts and work on what is necessary.”
In the Vietnam tie, the national team were outclassed in the singles with Christian Didier Chin losing to Trinh Linh Giang 6-4, 6-0 in the first rubber and Ashaari Zainal Abidin going down 6-0, 6-1 to Ly Nam Hoang in the second.
In the doubles, Syed Agil Syed Naguib-Ahmed Deedat Abdul Razak went down fighting to Pham Minh Tuan-Quco Le Khanh 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-4.